Today is a fun day because BLOG TOUR! Below you'll find a review for Kerrigan Byrne's upcoming release, The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo, and a giveaway for a paperback copy. You have until midnight on August 25th to enter! The book will be provided by St. Martin's Press, no purchase necessary, and open to US entrants only (sorry to my international friends).
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Ah, young love...the stirring passion, the secret embraces, the yearning for more...and then, of course, there is the murder, kidnapping, and seduction. Right? Well, that's what you get in this book! Kerrigan Byrne weaves a fantastic story of a pirate and his lady, with mystery and intrigue and all the trappings of a late night read. The backstory tugged at my heartstrings and made me rage against the injustice of the world, and I was both relieved and terrified when the ultimate reunion occurred. Time isn't always kind, but thankfully love prevails and withstands the tests of time.
Crippled at a young age, Lorelai Weatherstoke never had an easy childhood. With a father who was cowed by his own son and a sadistic older brother who lived to torment her, her dreams were small and her heart was big. When she and her family found a badly beaten young man on the side of the road, they took him in and nursed him back to health. In him, Lorelai found a protector, and in Lorelai, he found peace. But fate has other plans for the two of them, and they are torn apart for twenty years. Now Lorelai is a spinster about to be married to an elderly man for his wealth, and just as she's about to say I do, the young man reintroduces himself into her life violently and without warning. He has turned pirate and she has become his long-delayed prize.
I don't know what it is about thwarted love that makes me get so excited, but truly this is one of my favorite tropes. The history between Lorelai and Ash was filled with such sweet torment, and it made it all the worse when they realized all that had been taken from them during the lost years. Revenge was swift, but their love was barely recognizable. Lorelai was still a kind woman, but the years made her wary. Ash wasn't the gentle man who made her feel safe, and she wondered if she needed to now be kept safe from him. Although there is always a happy ending in these books, Kerrigan Byrne did an amazing job of keeping the reader on the edge of their seat, biting their nails in anticipation of what was to come. It brought out a lot of emotions in me while reading - sadness, anger, hope, and happiness. Definitely a worthwhile read for any reader of romance!
I am eager to read the next in the series already! This has been one of the more enjoyable books from the last few weeks, for sure.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**
About The Author
Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan Byrne uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in every book. She lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely teenage girls, but dreams of settling on the Pacific Coast. Her Victorian Rebels novels include The Highwayman and The Highlander.
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